Australia Retain Ashes After Rain Washes Out Final Day of 4th Test

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Australia Retain Ashes After Rain Washes Out Final Day of 4th Test

Australia retained the Ashes after rain washed out the final day of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The match was drawn, leaving Australia with an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series with one match to play.

England had been hoping to level the series with a win on the final day, but they were unable to make any inroads into Australia’s batting.

Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh put on a defiant 103-run stand for the sixth wicket to help Australia reach 214-5 at the close of play on day four.

The rain then came down on Saturday night and continued throughout Sunday, preventing any play on the final day.

The result means that Australia will retain the Ashes, even if they lose the final Test at The Oval next week.

This is Australia’s first Ashes victory in England since 2001.

It is also their first Ashes victory since Pat Cummins took over as captain in 2018.

Cummins was delighted with his team’s performance, saying that they had “deserved” to retain the Ashes.

“It’s not the way we wanted to win it, but we’ll take it,” he said.

“We’ve played some really good cricket throughout this series and we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved.”

England captain Ben Stokes was disappointed with the result, but he said that his team had played some “really good cricket” in the series.

“We’re a young team and we’re learning all the time,” he said.

“We’ll take the positives from this series and we’ll be looking to come back stronger at The Oval.”

The final Test of the series will be played at The Oval in London from July 29 to August 2.

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